Τρίτη, 22 Απριλίου 2014

Ukraine is on the brink of a massive default

Recently the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Spokesperson announced that the U.S. had sent a team of experts from the FBI, the Justice Department and the Treasury Department to assist Kiev in recovering stolen assets located abroad. On April 29 the U.S. and Great Britain will host a multilateral meeting on this issue with the participation of Ukrainian officials. It is expected that the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR), based in Basel, will participate in the meeting.

Ukraine is on the brink of a massive default and social flare-ups, and even famine. Ukraine needs money to keep the national economy from collapsing altogether. Of course, Washington cares little about what happens to the Ukrainian economy; it is worried about Ukraine's ability to pay its debts to Western creditors. Currently Ukraine's foreign debt is estimated at $145 billion. Now no one in the West wishes to give Ukraine new loans. The amounts named in the media figuring in the billions of dollars and euros are nothing but the «verbal interventions» of Ukrainian politicians and Western officials.

There are clear signs that Ukraine's banking sector will soon collapse. The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) is discussing the option of rescuing commercial banks the way they did in Cyprus, that is, by confiscating depositors' accounts or forcibly turning depositors into the banks' «investors» («shareholders»). The Kiev regime plans to mobilize several billion dollars this way; such blatant robbery could save several banks, but it cannot save the country from a massive default. 

This would require tens of billions of dollars. When you get down to it, in order to pay its debts to foreign creditors, Ukraine has only two sources of its own. The first is privatizing state property, including the country's natural resources. The second is Ukraine's foreign assets. Thus the FBI and the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Treasury have decided to help Kiev use the second source.

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Τα όρια του γερμανικού οικονομικού ιμπεριαλισμού στην Ουκρανία και η Ρωσία

Του Βασίλη Στοϊλόπουλου από τη Ρήξη φ. 103
Δεν χωρά αμφιβολία ότι στις προσεχείς εβδομάδες η ουκρανική κρίση, που ξεκίνησε με ένα κατά βάση ξενοκίνητο1, ακροδεξιό πραξικόπημα και συνεχίστηκε με την προσάρτηση της Κριμαίας από τη Ρωσία, θα συνεχίσει ν’ απασχολεί τη διεθνή κοινή γνώμη, καθώς ο κίνδυνος της κλιμάκωσης είναι πολύ πιθανός. Μπορεί προς το παρόν να κυριαρχεί ένας εντυπωσιακός «πόλεμος των λέξεων» και στη Βαλτική να υπάρχει μόνο ενισχυμένη εναέρια επιτήρηση από χώρες του ΝΑΤΟ, δεν αποκλείεται όμως τελικά να προκύψει η ομοσπονδοποίηση της πολιτισμικά διχασμένης, ενεργειακά εξαρτημένης και οικονομικά καθημαγμένης Ουκρανίας, ή ακόμη –στη χειρότερη περίπτωση– και εμφύλια σύρραξη με την υποστήριξη και συμμετοχή ξένων δυνάμεων.

Ήδη, στο πλαίσιο αυτής της κλιμάκωσης, η πλειονότητα των δυτικών ΜΜΕ και οι εν γένει νεοφιλελεύθερες δυνάμεις της παγκοσμιοποίησης, με πρωτοπόρους τα ανανήψαντα υπερσυντηρητικά γεράκια των ΗΠΑ, υποδαυλίζουν το αντιρωσικό κλίμα και προετοιμάζουν την αναθέρμανση του Ψυχρού Πόλεμου. Λες και δεν αντιλαμβάνονται ότι όχι μόνο κατέπεσαν προ πολλού οι ψυχροπολεμικές, ιδεολογικές αντιπαλότητες, αλλά και ότι τα γεωπολιτικά και γεωοικονομικά δεδομένα στην Ευρώπη είναι σήμερα εντελώς διαφορετικά, όχι μόνο σε σχέση με τις δεκαετίες του εξήντα και του εβδομήντα, αλλά και από τότε που κατέρρευσε το Σύμφωνο της Βαρσοβίας και το ΝΑΤΟ, από 16 μέλη που είχε το 1991, έφτανε αισίως στα 282. Άραγε, ποιον προσπαθούν να πείσουν οι φιλοατλαντικές μηντιακές και πολιτικές ελίτ της Δύσης, όταν χαρακτηρίζουν τις ανησυχίες της Μόσχας για την «grand strategy» των ΗΠΑ στην Ευρασία «παρανοϊκές» και «αποκύημα αχαλίνωτης φαντασίας» το να εκλαμβάνεται η προώθηση «οικουμενικών αξιών», made in USA, ως μέσον για παγκόσμια ηγεμονία3;

Τετάρτη, 9 Απριλίου 2014

Russia Says U.S. Mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine

Russia Says U.S. Mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine

Gray Stone Mercenaries on the bus surrounded by Donetsk residents

Coup government in Kyiv moves to quell separatism as civil war brews
Kurt Nimmo
April 8, 2014
Russian media reports today the American security firm Greystone has teamed up with Right Sector fascists in a bid to prevent eastern Ukraine from joining the Russian Federation.

Greystone is a former Xe (aka Blackwater) affiliate with offices in Virginia and the United Arab Emirates. Employing “personnel from the best militaries throughout the world,” the company offers “large scale stability operations requiring large numbers of people to assist in securing a region.”
“We are particularly concerned that the operation involves some 150 American mercenaries from a private company Greystone Ltd., dressed in the uniform of the [Ukrainian] special task police unit Sokol,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We urge [Kyiv] to immediately stop all military preparations which could lead to a civil war.”
On March 10, Infowars.com reported the presence of corporate mercenaries in Donetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius River. A video posted on Youtube showed men with weapons and body armor on a street where a pro-Russian demonstration was held. A Russian diplomat told Interfax 300 employees of Blackwater, now known as Academi, had arrived in the pro-Russian city.
The mercenaries in Donetsk “are soldiers of fortune proficient in combat operations,” a diplomatic source told Interfax, according to the Daily Mail. “Most of them had operated under private contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other states. Most of them come from the United States.”
On the weekend activists in eastern Ukraine occupied government buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv. Members of the regional legislature in the industrial center of Donetsk proclaimed the city a People’s Republic on Monday. Civilians rallied at the Donetsk Regional city administration building and hoisted a Russian flag. The Security Services Building in Luhansk was also occupied by protesters.
The government blames “separatist groups coordinated by Russian special services” for the occupations. “Enemies of Ukraine are trying to play out the Crimean scenario, but we will not let this happen,” said coup President Oleksandr Turchynov on Ukrainian television.
In response to the occupations Ukrainian special forces cleared protesters from the headquarters of Ukrainian security services in Donetsk. An “anti-terrorist” operation in Kharkiv cleared a government building and detained around 70 people, according to the coup Interior Ministry. The arrested activists will be taken to the cities of Poltava and Zaporijya and charged with “separatism, violence and taking part in mass protest,” according to Interior Ministry spokeswoman Natalia Stativko.
Vitaly Yarema, interim Deputy Prime Minister for the junta in Kyiv, said security forces would not storm the regional legislature. Victoria Syumar, deputy head of the National Security and Defense Council, told the media the junta is negotiating with activists.
On Tuesday, in response to growing separatism, the Ukrainian Parliament modified the penal code. Threatening the territorial integrity and national security of Ukraine is now punishable by three to five years in prison.
Also on Tuesday, two members of the neofascist Svoboda Party stormed the rostrum in Parliament and removed communist Petro Symonenko after he blamed ultra-nationalists of playing into the hands of Russia by using extremist tactics during demonstrations prior to the coup. A brawl between members of Svoboda and the Communist Party of Ukraine ensued.
NATOική ΜΚΟ , αλλά η πολιτική αφέλεια των Ουκρανών ειναι αρκετή για να την καλωςορίζουν σαν ελεύθερη δημοσιογραφία..